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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 10: a chapter about myself (search)
e still under his influence I spoke of him to Mr. Bancroft as der unentbehrliche, the indispensable Spinoza. He demurred at this, acknowledged Spinoza's analysis of the passions to be admirable, but assured me that Kant alone deserved to be called indispensable; and this dictum of his made me resolve to become at once a student of the Critique of Pure Reason. I found this at first rather dry, after the glowing and daring flights of Spinoza, but I soon learned to hold the philosopher of Konigsberg in great affection and esteem. I have read extensively in his writings, even in his minor treatises, and having attained some conception of his system, was inclined to say with Romeo: Here I set up my everlasting rest. I devoted some of the best years of my life to these studies, and to the writings which grew out of them. I remember one summer at my Valley near Newport, in which I felt that I had read and written quite as much as was profitable. I must go outside of my own thoughts